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Welcome to Positive Practice Living. This is my positive place to take a minute and breathe. I share my thoughts and experiences as I try to understand the world around me. I am a writer, a yogi, a mother, a wife and so much more. I believe in the power of love and I struggle constantly to balance doing too much and then doing too little. I write about all of these things. I do what I can to intentionally find a little bit of inspiration in the everyday.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

"Smallfoot" Movie Review

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Our legends of Bigfoot are numerous, but there is not evidence they exist as a species. But suppose they do exist. Have you ever thought what a Yeti thinks about humans?

They do exist!?!

Friendly Yeti Migo, voiced by Channing Tatum, accidentally finds a human and excitedly tells his entire village of his discovery. However, this results in fear since this species, the dreaded "smallfoot," is not supposed to exist and leads to Migo's banishment. Now Migo sets off on an epic adventure with some unlikely allies to prove his tale.

"Smallfoot" sends a very pointed message about questioning the source of your beliefs. Between the ongoing slapstick humor, viewers are asked to consider is there such a thing as a good lie. What if it protects your very way of life?

Knowledge is power, but once you know, what do you do with it?

Migo has to ask himself these questions as he realizes the "monster" is often a matter of perspective. Education can overcome fear and offer a form of communication. My favorite quote from the movie, "The only thing stronger than fear is curiosity."


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I really enjoyed this film, though simple, it leaves you with a lot to think about. The color palette of the film follows the tone in a graceful way that keeps you in the mood of the story. The contemporary style of the movie offers great messages about integrity and how to manage the pressures of social media. There were a lot of things that went really right in this film.

Tatum is joined by other voice talents such as James Corden, Danny DeVito, Zendaya, Lebron James and Common to round this journey with a well known and very talented cast. Award Winning Director Karey Kirkpatrick adds great vision to the animated adventure based on the book Yeti Tracks by Sergio Pablos.

Zendaya sings the feature song for the film, "Wonderful Life," which covers the main theme beautifully:


This Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group movie is fun for all ages and offers humorous encouragement to understand the source of your beliefs and not be afraid to trade what you've been taught for what is true.

"Smallfoot" opens in theaters everywhere on September 28, 2018.


*Also published on "Tales from a Mother."

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

{Wordless-ish Wednesday} Autumn Day at the Water's Edge

Golden Gardens Park - Overlooking Puget Sound (Seattle, WA)
 I find a sense of calm and purpose being by the water's edge. Though I love Autumn, it is always a hard transition going toward cool weather. I was very thankful to have an afternoon in the warmth of the sun while walking along the beach of Puget Sound to help ease the transition.

Now it's time for some Wordless-ish Wednesday Fun!


Link up with the direct link to your post(s) containing photos, crafts and adventures. I love to read through and be inspired by all of the fantastic happenings of the week. Be sure to visit other's posts and share some comment love! Happy Wednesday!

   
   

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Autumn Equinox Encounter



The Autumn Equinox offers special sentiment to me, it is also my wedding anniversary.

The cool Thursday, thirteen years ago, did not seem like a very significant day, but one person can change everything. That night, I fell in love.

And I’m still falling.

A day of balance, the equality of day and night, that is what the Autumn Equinox brings. Little did I know that would make the perfect conditions for two very different people to come together in a way that I still can’t quite describe.

Stephen and I married two years later on a Saturday, also the Autumn Equinox. We’ve been balancing each other out ever since. Life is a beautiful dance and I am so very thankful to have found such an amazing partner, fitted especially to me.

I wrote a poem about our meeting...



Autumn Equinox Encounter


Autumn Equinox--
Perfect balance of day and light
     Light and dark.
Cooler air and shorter days.
Time for renewal
     Openness
          Change.

Over a decade ago--
A nonnegotiable invitation to dinner
      In a quiet college town.
Good friends, 
     a perfect night
          For my life to change forever.

He strode in
Without a care in the world
     On the surface.
I read something more,
His eyes do not lie.
Quiet confidence,
     Shy smile
          Steady manner.

I listened.

We are opposites, he and I.
Yet balance overcomes difference--
     Day and night,
     Light and Dark,
          Boy and Girl.

In each other we found--
Trust
     Balance
          Connection
I fell in love that night
I found a strength
I didn’t want to let go
I don’t plan to anytime soon.

A decade passed--
Wedding
     Children
          Love

Magical things can happen
     When you least expect it.
On the Autumn Equinox--
     The perfect time
          To fall in love.



Met on September 22, 2005 (Autumn Equinox)


Married on September 22, 2007 (Autumn Equinox)


Had daughter, Zoey in August 2009


July 2018


July 2018

Happy Autumn!

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Title Photo by Alfred Schrock on Unsplash

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

{Wordless-ish Wednesday} Almost Autumn

Autumn is coming to Seattle, WA

Autumn is a time of transition and redefining priorities. I love this time of year, but it is not without its own challenges. I am very thankful to be surrounded by such wonderful people who really build each other up. As we head toward the cooler days and holidays full of fun and gratefulness, may we flow freely through the transition smoothly and savor every new day. 

Now it's time for some Wordless-ish Wednesday Fun!


Link up with the direct link to your post(s) containing photos, crafts and adventures. I love to read through and be inspired by all of the fantastic happenings of the week. Be sure to visit other's posts and share some comment love! Happy Wednesday!

   
   

Check out these other blog hops I link up with!



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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Transitioning into Autumn



Autumn is my favorite season. I love the transition from warm to cool, the color of the falling leaves and the beauty of the early sunset. The excitement of starting school and being more social while watching football always provides a good time. The warm, comfort foods as we prepare for cooler weather help me realize this is a time of joy, surplus and pumpkin spice lattes. (I know it is a very seasonal flavor, but every year I find myself looking forward to pumpkin spice and finding pleasure in the aroma of autumn).

The symbol for fall is one of balance. The Autumn Equinox (Sept 22 - Northern Hemisphere) is when the day and night are the same length. The further you go up the latitude lines, the more significant this transition is. Here in Seattle, we see a large variant between our longest day (about 16 hours of sunlight in June) and our shortest day (just over 8 hours of sunlight in December). This makes the sweet balance of light and dark that happens during the equinoxes that much more special.

With a new season comes new priorities and new routines. This week, leading up to the Autumn Equinox, is a perfect time to set intentions. Define what your goal is for the next three months (and maybe beyond) and then make it visible. Share your goal with friends, and post it where you will see it (on your desk, the in the bathroom, in the kitchen).

Now comes the really hard part...begin taking steps to reach your goal.

I don't know why this is the hard part. It seems like it would be easy to accomplish something you want to do. I don't know about you, but I tend to get distracted way too easily. One of the best ways I know to move forward on your goals is to clear up your space. By this I mean, physical clutter around your house, but also mental head space. You have to free yourself of that sweater you never wore and never intend to and that negative energy humming around the edges of your persona. By going through your physical and head space, you can make sure your surroundings and energy serves you and creates a path for you to reach for your goal without any unnecessary distractions.

In this season of preparation, it is so important to stop, breathe and go through the process of changing seasons. Even if the weather does not shift dramatically, it is still important to take time and be grateful for all you have.

Personally, transitions are hard. It takes me time to process and adjust to the new weather, new routines and new priorities. This descent into darkness that we witness in the Pacific Northwest, is one transition I do not take lightly. I spend a lot of time preparing my space with blankets and space heaters, making sure I have lots of warm sweaters to wear in layers, and also covering my most visible spaces with affirmations and positive, uplifting words to get me through the cool, dark days of winter.

It is really important for me to prepare my mind to look inward for this next season. For me to accomplish my goals, I also have to make sure my surroundings support that goal. I have to take all the obstacles out of my way to leave few distractions and frustrations due to clutter.

Welcome Autumn, which is also a time of celebration! Gather with friends and family and share your time, love and delicious food. It is healing and nourishing to come together.

I find this time of year to be wonderful -- almost playful. We are in the last warm days of summer, which should be enthusiastically enjoyed. As we head toward the cooler days and holidays full of fun and gratefulness, may we flow freely through the transition smoothly and savor every new day. That, to me, is a beautiful practice.

Happy Autumn!
Photo by Alex Geerts on Unsplash

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

From The Other Side of the World



Every year there is usually at least one really big hurricane. This year it is called Hurricane Florence, a category 4 due to hit the Southeast in the next day or so.

Ironically, during my visit to our family and friends on the East coast during the summer, I said, "I only hear about hurricanes and such if they are really bad and affecting life for you all." Well, that time has come.

The storm warning has been issued, Hurricane Florence is barreling its way to the Southeast. The entire coast of North and South Carolina is predicted to be hit--with some extensions north into Virginia and south in Georgia.

Public schools are already cancelled for the next three days in over 26 counties to be prepared shelters and use the buses for evacuation. A mandatory evaluation has been issued for much of the South Carolina Coast. Two major Interstates have become a one way highway to escape to safety.



It is a hard thing living so far away from family as they face a natural disaster like Hurricane Florence. Many of my family and friends live further inland, outside the mandatory evacuation boundaries, and chose to stay to weather the storm. My thoughts are with them as they get hit by a "life-threatening storm surge" (Weather Channel).

If you are in the path of this storm, even on the outskirts of it's predicted impact, it is vital to be prepared. Be sure to have non-perishable food on hand, at least three days of water, a first aid kit, a radio and backup lighting such as lanterns, flashlights or use of a generator. Prepare your property by bringing in all loose furniture, toys, etc and if possible board up your windows.

To all facing this "Storm of a Lifetime," be safe and smart. There are lots of positive thoughts coming from what feels like the other side of the world.


Monday, September 3, 2018

Defining Success



In order to be successful, you have to have a clear definition of success.


Success is a noun that has three meanings:
  1. The favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one's goals.
  2. The attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.
  3. A performance or achievement that is marked by success, as by the attainment of honors.

You can be successful by accomplishing a goal, attaining assets, or achieving recognition. The interesting thing is, as unique individuals, we strive for different things and lean towards different definitions of success.

You can't judge your success on someone else's definition. You must choose your own.

For example, I want to accomplish my goal of publishing a book. I do not need to attain any assets or achieve recognition for this project to be successful in my eyes. I simply need to finish it to prove to myself I can.



It is okay if you need to gain an assets or achieve recognition to feel accomplished, you just have to clear a path towards that direction and follow through on your practice. By recognizing how you view success, you can make small goals that create a process, creating momentum for your work. The process is success in itself because you can consistently move towards accomplishing your goals. It will also help you appreciate the milestone moments as you reach them and push past them. 


Title Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash


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